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Travelers dream of visiting Aruba, a sunny Dutch country in the Caribbean that enjoys dazzling natural scenery, sparkling warm waters and friendly multicultural residents. Go diving among shipwrecks, celebrate Carnival in the capital city and descend underground into mysterious caves under the island.
One of the best ways to discover Aruba’s history is to start in the capital, Oranjestad. This city has a unique blend of influences, featuring the colonial architecture typical of the Netherlands and the bright pastel colors characteristic of the Caribbean. Attend a service at Saint Franciscus Church to meet local islanders. Take the whole family to the Butterfly Farm to get up-close to these beautiful insects.
For peace and quiet, head to the coastal town of San Nicolas, southeast of Oranjestad. Wander around the art gallery, buy an ice-cream cone from a snack shop and listen for the sound of steel pan drums at the town’s weekly Carubbian Festival.
Watersports are popular on the island, especially on the western and southern coasts, which are sheltered from strong ocean currents. Splash around in the waters of Eagle Beach, where clear waters and soft sand provide perfect swimming conditions. Try parasailing or kitesurfing on the beautiful Malmok Beach.
Getting around Aruba is easy. A frequent bus service up and down the coast ensures you don’t need a car to get to the resorts and popular tourist spots. If you’re considering venturing into more remote parts of Aruba, rent a car or moped from Oranjestad. Dutch, together with the local language Papiamento, are most widely spoken. However, many Arubans speak additional languages, including English.
Aruba has a semi-arid tropical climate, meaning that you can expect both warm and dry conditions year-round. Visit in February to experience the colorful Carnival celebrations that take place throughout the island.
Whether you want to laze by the beach or try thrilling watersports and scenic hikes, Aruba can accommodate you.
Really enjoyed the private island Had a problem with the safe in my room and the maintenance worker came promptly and resolved the problem.
We love staying at the Hyatt in Aruba. It’s our Home away from home.
We loved the hotel. Staff was very friendly and welcoming. Views were amazing. Pool was great. Unfortunately this trip was at the same time as Corona outbreak so they were closing the hotel and rescheduling flights so we had to leave early. Hope to go back someday. Easy to get taxi to nearby restaurants. ...
All the workers from bartenders to room service to house keeping were all great and friendly. Property in a great location.
The value of the location definitely outweighs the age of the property. It is well kept. If you want an average room on the beach, with anything you need within easy walking distance, this place is it
The property was clean, the staff was excellent and the location was great. Having access to all of the Divi resorts on the island with easy shuttle service was the draw.
From the moment we stepped onto the property, we were well looked after. We loved being able to go from the beach, to the pool, and to an activity easily. Despite everything going on with the shut down of the island due to the Coronavirus, the staff never wavered in their helpfulness. I can’t wait ...